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The Board of Directors of the Animal Cancer Trust, which is made up of a minimum of 3 Trustees, underwent a major change before the pandemic when we recruited some new and enthusiastic members.

We are still looking for additional Trustees, particularly individuals with business management, fundraising and marketing experience to help us grow while remaining financially sustainable.

Please contact us to show your interest here.

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Clare Knottenbelt


Hawk and Dove Oncology Referrals

Clare graduated from the University of Bristol in 1994, and worked for a year in mixed practice, before starting her specialist training in small animal medicine at the University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

She obtained the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 1999 as well as a Masters in Transfusion medicine.

Clare worked as a clinician at the University of Glasgow from 2000 and was awarded a personal Professorship in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology in 2010.

She was Clinical Director of the University of Glasgow's Small Animal Hospital for 6 years and worked within the University's Oncology service for 11 years before leaving to establish Hawk and Dove, an oncology service with the goal of compassionate cancer treatment.

Clare is married and has two teenage daughters, a Labrador cross called Jumble and a horse called Toffee. She has personal experience of dealing with pets with cancer having lost her last dog, Huntly, to thyroid cancer.

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Tom Cave

BVSc MSc (Clinical Oncology) DSAM MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Tom graduated as a vet from the University of Bristol in 1996 and spent 4 years in mixed private practice in the southwest gaining the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 1999. He then moved to the University of Glasgow as a resident in clinical oncology and haematology where he became Senior Clinical Oncologist.

Tom was awarded the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 2004 and his MSc in Clinical Oncology from the Cancer Research UK Institute for Cancer Studies at Birmingham University in 2005. In 2004 Tom and his wife Claire started a medicine/oncology referral service in the south west which they grew to a large multidisciplinary referral service. They sold Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2018 and Tom now devotes his vet time to working for VVS, VPG, peripatetic referral work, and as a trustee for Animal Cancer Trust. He also runs a 265 acre sheep and beef farm on the edge of Exmoor which prioritises wildlife and conservation. Tom has a particular interest in medical oncology and haematology but enjoys all aspects of canine and feline internal medicine.


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Andrea Lewis

Beloved husky and malamute rescuer who works tirelessly posting to and answering messages on our social media. Andrea is also a valued and enthusiastic member of our team when we attend conferences and shows. Her sales skills at these events are legendary!

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Nele Van den Steen

EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

CertSAM MSc(Clinical Oncology) DipECVIM?CA MRCVS

EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Clinical Director, Cave Veterinary Specialists, West Buckland, Wellington, Somerset TA21 9LE

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Nele graduated as a vet from Ghent University in July 2002. After two years of small animal practice in the Midlands, she moved to Newmarket where she completed a small animal internship at the Animal Health Trust. She continued as an oncology fellow and enrolled in a Masters in Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham.

Nele was awarded her MSc in 2012. In 2010, she joined Dick White Referrals to complete a residency in small animal internal medicine and gained her RCVS Certificate in small animal medicine in 2011 and her European Diploma in 2012. Nele loves spending her time outdoors and has a lovely son named Harri and a Springer Spaniel called Bobby.